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Tax Forms at the Library

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Everybody’s doing it, Doing what? Paying taxes, of course! – photo ca. 1920 by Underwood & Underwood (Library of Congress)

Benjamin Franklin famously said that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Unfortunately this certainty doesn’t extend to the availability of tax forms at the library. While many of you have been coming to the library to get copies of federal and state tax forms, there have been recent changes to the supply of forms that we will get this tax season.

Federal Tax Forms

UPDATE 2/26/15: We have received the Federal 1040 and 1040A forms. These are available at our Reference Desk on the second floor. We expect to get a shipment of the 1040EZ forms soon.

Unfortunately we will not be receiving any additional schedules or the instruction booklets. This is because the “IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress.” (IRS TFOP Alert Message 6, 1/9/2015).

You can request to have tax forms mailed to you by visiting irs.gov/orderforms or by calling 1-800-829-3676. You can also download and print forms from the IRS website by visiting irs.gov/forms. Forms can be printed at the library for $0.15 per page.

State Tax Forms

You can pick up your copy of the Massachusetts state income tax form (resident or non-resident) at our Reference Desk on the second floor. You can also request to have state tax forms mailed to you by calling 1-800-392-6089, or download and print forms from the Department of Revenue website by visiting mass.gov/dor/forms. Forms can be printed at the library for $0.15 per page.

Need additional help?

Tax preparation assistance will be available at the  Natick Community-Senior Center. Call them at 508-647-6540 to schedule an appointment with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This program offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers – especially those 60 and older.

If there is anything we can do to help please let us know! Stop by the Reference Desk on the second floor, call us at 508-647-6521, or email . Thanks so much for your understanding as we cope with these changes.


Five Ideas for Vacation Week Feb 16-20

School February Vacation is right around the corner, and you don’t have to spend the whole week cooped up inside – and with the Library Museum Passes you don’t have to spend a lot of money either! Here are five suggestions for some Vacation Week family fun at area museums:

1. Tower Hill Botanic GardenTower Hill Botanic Garden logo

February Vacation Week comes to life with plant and flower-inspired, kid-friendly activities and fun. Saturday through Thursday, 9am – 5pm; Friday, 9am – 4pm

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Activities offered daily:

  • Story Walk
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Outdoor Fun:  Activities will vary depending on weather and snow quantity. Dress for the weather. Activities may include snow
    sculptures, snow painting, sledding, building snow forts and more.
  • Games and Activities:  Indoor flower and plant themed fun

2. deCordova Sculpture Park and MuseumdeCordova sculpture park and museum logo

Find your Walden inspiration this vacation week! Following the lead of artists in deCordova’s Walden, revisited exhibition, we’ll explore cabins and sounds. Join us for any or all of our vacation programs.

Sound Stories at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

  • Wednesday, February 18 – Sound Stories
  • Thursday, February 19 – Paper Cabin Constructions
  • Friday, February 20 – Sound Stories
  • Saturday, February 21 – Polaroid Portrait Project

3. Spellman Museum of StampsSpellman Museum of Stamps logo

Stamp with Presidents from Spellman Museum of Stamps

PRESIDENTS BIRTHDAY PROGRAM: Do you know the names of all our presidents?  Can you place the presidents in the order that they served? Can you name the presidents born in Massachusetts?  How many names of our First Ladies do you know?  You can find out all this and much more at the Museum’s  Annual Happy Birthday Presidents Family Day on Thursday, February 19 from noon to 4:00. 

4. Museum of Fine Arts Bostonmfa1

“Things I Love”

Monday–Friday, February 16–20, 2015 – 10 am–4 pm (to 8 pm on Wednesday)

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Art making, stories, and tours of the galleries, a fantastic performance, and fun with the family. . .these are a few of our favorite things! Enjoy free drop-in activities all week. All ages and abilities welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. FREE admission for kids all week.

5. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museumgardner

FEBRUARY 16, 18, 19 AND 20 – 11 am-4 pm: JOURNEYS EAST

Celebrate Asia on a journey East at the Gardner Museum. Look at screens, sculpture, letters and more from the other side of the world.

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  • Accordion Stories: craft an accordion book in the Studio
  • Meditation Garden: create a mini-rock garden in the greenhouse classroom
  • Mandala Designs: make a mandala-inspired DIY button by the Courtyard
  • Gallery Game: learn about Isabella Gardner’s travels through Asia

Click here to see our Vacation Week Museum Passes!

Knitting Community with the MIL Stitchers

The MIL Stitchers, our service oriented knitting and crocheting group, has been hard at work in January! The new year of giving has begun with newborn and preemie hats for babies at the Newton Wellesley Hospital. So far the MIL Stitchers have made 47 hats for donation – and they’re still going!

The group will also be delivering 51 scarves to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to be given to survivors.  The BARRC offers free, confidential services to survivors, their friends and families, and professionals ages 12 and older.  For more information go to http://www.barcc.org.

At the most recent group meeting, the MIL Stitchers learned the Magic Loop knitting technique. Magic Loop is a great alternative to using double pointed needles for doing small diameter circular knitting. It’s ideal for knitting socks. Want to learn more? You’re welcome to come to our next meeting on Saturday, March 7 at 11am in the Morse Room, on the first floor of the library! Join our great group of civic-minded stitchers as we make our community a better place one knit and purl at a time.

 


Thanks for making #timetoread with us!

The Morse Institute Library held our very first reading party on January 24 to celebrate National Readathon Day! From 12-4pm we invited readers out to the Morse Room to spend time reading with us, share a slice of cake, and enter for a chance to win a 2014 National Book Award winning book. We had a great time, and caught a lot of people spending time reading with us that afternoon!

Check out the gallery of pictures from the event:

Thanks so much to all those that braved the snow to make #timetoread with us. We’re looking forward to the second annual National Readathon Day!


Calling all Bakers!

Help the Friends by baking for our upcoming book and bake sale!Enjoy baking? The Friends book and music sale needs you! Consider making some goodies for the bake sale and be part of our mission to support the Morse Institute Library.

What do you want to make? We need cookies, muffins, cakes, brownies, pies, breads, jams, and jellies – just bring your items to Study Room 1A at the Morse Institute Library on Friday, January 23 between 10 am – 5 pm.

There are plenty of other ways to help out too! Here are some other ways to join in:

  • Contribute muscle power on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 3 – 7 p.m. to help move boxes into the sale room and set up the sale.
  • Sign on as a helper during the sale itself: sign up for however long you can help on Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 am – 4 pm, or Sunday, Jan. 25 noon – 3 pm
  •  Help us pack up the sale on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 3 – 5 pm.

Please join us! For more info or to sign up, just email Maria at and thank you!


Farewell to the Autism Alliance of Metrowest

IMG_7418Today Autism Alliance of MetroWest said goodbye and thank you to the Morse Institute Library for providing office space for the past 16 years. The Alliance’s new address will be 1881 Worcester Road [map].

Founded in 1993 and moving into the library in 1998, the Autism Alliance endeavors to provide families in the MetroWest area with information, education and support. They plan and implement programs and events that will aid these families while increasing public awareness regarding autism.

 

We wish the Alliance best of luck in their new location!


Make #TimeToRead with the Morse Institute!

make time to read national readathon day jan 24 12-4pIntroducing National Readathon Day! This nationwide reading party will take place Saturday, January 24 from 12-4pm. We invite you to join the reading party at the Morse Institute Library by making #timetoread with us that afternoon. We’ll have cake, prizes, and books galore!

Read with us and win!

Join the party online—just take a picture of you or someone else reading between 12-4pm on Saturday, January 24 and post it to facebook.com/morselibrary with the hashtag #timetoread. You’ll be entered to win one of nine copies of the 2014 National Book Award winning books!

Don’t want to post a pic? No problem – just send an email with your name and phone number to Dave Bartos at to enter the drawing.

Need a book to read?

You don’t have to read a particular book to take part in the Readathon, but if you’re looking for suggestions we’ll be glad to help out! Former National Book Award titles will be on display, and we’ve got lots of great lists to help you find your next favorite book. The Friends of the Library book sale will also be taking place on the lower level, so take some time to discover a new addition to your home bookshelf!

Help others make #timetoread!

Donate to the National Book Foundation and help their mission to support literacy in America. Check out their donation page at www.firstgiving.com/10658

 


Artists and Exhibits January-February 2015

Whale Tail by Buz Bragdon

Gateway Camera Club: Photography

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

The Gateway Camera Club is a local, friendly club that strives to share ideas, knowledge, and insight; to help improve the skills and abilities of its members; and to have some fun while enjoying photography. With about 25 members’ work on display, a wide range of subjects, styles and interpretations are offered. Learn more about the Club at www.gatewaycameraclub.org.


Atso Tohkomi Blackfoot: Blood

John Kirk Smith: Pastels

Right Gallery, first floor

John Kirk Smith is a local, self-taught artist who works in pastels from photographic material. Nearly all of his subjects are selected from the portfolios of Edward Sherrif Curtis, Frank Rinehart, and Gertrude Kasebier.


Eagles, Connecticut River

Richard Philben: Photography

Virtual Gallery, first floor

Rich Philben is showing images of his favorite animals, including a Colorado coyote, Florida tortise, Plymouth seals, and a Canadian moose.


from Echoes in Sand by Croteau and de Gruttola

Raffael de Gruttola: Haiga or Haiku Painting

Left Gallery, first floor

Internationally recognized haiku poet Raffael de Gruttola displas haiga, an art form combining haiku with a visual image. Two sets of de Gruttola’s haiga are on display: The Rattle of Windchimes with Peggy McClure, local artist, and Shokan Tadshi Kondo, Japanese calligrapher, and Echoes in Sand with N.H. born artist Wilfred Croteau.


Holiday Shopping with Friends of the Library

Holiday Shopping with the Friends!Did you know that some of the best holiday gift ideas are just steps away at your community library? Stop by and browse our Friends of the Library gift shop! Perfect for that stocking stuffer, office grab gift, Yankee swap item, or special gift for the library lover in your life! And best of all, your purchase will support the programs and collections you love at the library!

Great gifts for $10 or less!

  • Color changing pencils – 3 for $1
  • Apron – $5
  • Tote bag – $5
  • Library note cards – pack of 6 for $5
  • Book Lovers page-a-day calendar – $10

And new this year – Gift Certificates for the upcoming Friends Book and Bake Sale Januar 24-25, 2015! Certificates are available in any amount you choose, from $1 to $100!

This stress free shopping is made available by the Friends of Morse Institute. So the next time you are checking out a great book or movie, take a peek at the gift items located behind the first floor circulation desk. Happy Holidays!


Artists and Exhibits: December 2014

Mixed Media by students of Teresa Higgins

Through the Eyes of Budding Artists: Mixed Media by Students of Teresa Higgins

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

Teresa Higgins’ talented students range from adults to children in grades 3-12. They all share a love of drawing and a passion for creating realistic art using photographs and a variety of media. To learn more about Natick artist Teresa Higgins and her custom portraits, landscapes and seascapes visit her website at www.teresahiggins.com.


Arnold Sheinis, oil and watercolor paintings

Arnold Sheinis, oil and watercolor paintings

Right and Left Galleries, first floor

Natick resident and artist Arnold Sheinis depicts many seascapes and landscapes, but also explores the figure and relationship of groups of people to each other. Sheinis retired from a psychiatry practice in 1988 and has devoted himself to painting ever since. His work is eclectic, using a variety of media and styles. To learn more visit www.arnoldsheinis.com.


Richard Philben: PhotographyRichard Philben: Photography

Virtual Gallery, first floor

Natick as I See It features images of Natick seen through the astute eyes of local nature photographer Rich Philben.


Wake Up America! Natick in the First World War

Wake Up America! Natick in the First World War

Historical Exhibit Case, first floor

A collaboration between the Natick Historical Society and the Library, the exhibit is a snapshot of Natick and its citizens a century ago. Stories are told through period photographs and documents, trench art, a uniform worn in battle, and an American flag that survived two world wars. Come and explore the local perspective on “the war to end war.”